Sandy Sandwiches

By: NewportOr , 3:06 PM GMT on May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: You realize the weather is a bit wobbly when it rains while the sun shines. Such was the case yesterday as some fairly hefty showers were sandwiched in between clearing periods. Southwest winds were generally 10-15 mph with a gust of 25 recorded at the Road’s End station in Lincoln City. Rainfall was fairly consistent at about a quarter of an inch, and high temps hovered primarily around the low-60s. Waldport was the warmest spot at 66F. After sunset, skies became mostly cloudy and a few more light rain showers rolled through. At daybreak, it was cloudy and drizzling, the wind was calm and lows were about 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 63F/50F/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 62F/48F/0.27”
Newport: 59F/46F/0.17”
Waldport: 66F/50F/0.31”
Yachats: 63F/49F/0.28”

Forecast: The most noticeable change over the next few days will be robust northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings. Tip for visitors – plan your beach picnic for the morning hours unless you want sand blown into your sandwiches. Northwest winds this afternoon building to 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 or higher. The mercury is expected to rise to about 60F, and the sky will be a mix of sun and clouds. Tonight, mostly cloudy, low of 45F. Mainly sunny and a little warmer tomorrow, high 65F, and breezy again by afternoon. Outlook is for night and morning low clouds, sunny days, highs 60-65F, lows of 50F, and blustery afternoon and evening northwest winds through the weekend. There’s a slight chance of showers on Sunday.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations should be mostly sunny and highs near 70F. For the Cascades, mainly clear skies with the freezing level at 5,000 feet rising to 9,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 83”, a gain of 2” since yesterday.

Marine: Typical late Spring northerlies are going to be the rule for the next several days. This morning, winds are N 10-15 knots and seas are just below 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon through late tonight for N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 25 and choppy wind waves 5-6 feet. Outlook is for those conditions to persist through Monday, with a slight easing of the breeze from midnight to noon each day. NOTE: There’s a new tabulation image for Yaquina Bay and River charted depths. Click here for a download. Also, you should be aware that the dredge Yaquina will be working the entrance to Yaquina Bay from June 2nd through the 11th.

On the Beach... Clouds and sun, breezy after noon, surf 5-6 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/29 Thu 07:33 AM -1.34 L
05/29 Thu 02:15 PM 6.86 H
05/29 Thu 07:20 PM 2.76 L
05/30 Fri 01:15 AM 8.53 H

In Short: Mixed sky, windy at times, then repeat.

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